How may hours a day do we really spend time on social media? I hate to admit it but I am spending a LOT of time scrolling on social media feeds. There are times that when I open my mobile, facebook is the one that I will automatically open and scroll even without intentionally wanting to. 15 minutes.. 20 minutes will pass by.. (What am I doing?!) I know, it’s crazy! But this is what social media have done to me and I know I needed to do something. So two weeks ago, I have deleted my Facebook application on my mobile, and I will never go back! I have wasted time, I procrastinated and I lost sleep. I think it’s very important to stop for awhile and see if social media is really giving us any value.
Some applications to help you limit your time on your mobile:
Moment is an application that can automatically track how much you use your iPhone each day. If you’re using your phone too much, you can set daily limits on yourself and be notified when you go over. You can even force yourself off your device when you’re over your limit.
Another application called Forest which I find very cool. You can plant a seed in Forest. In the following time, this seed will gradually grow into a tree. However, if you cannot resist the temptation and leave this app, your tree will wither away. With this interesting mechanism, the sense of achievement and responsibility will drive users to stay away from their phone with no pain. Forest team partners with a real-tree-planting organization, Trees for the Future, to plant real trees on the earth. When users spend virtual coins they earn in Forest on planting real trees, Forest team donates to their partner and create orders of planting. How awesome is that!
I personally find it overwhelming to keep up with these social media applications like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and others. I never had all of these, to begin with (thank, God), I had Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram ever since I owned a smartphone. Now I have decided to keep Messenger and Instagram. Instagram because I love photography, and on there it’s easy to follow people with common interests and share inspirations. Messenger to keep in touch with my family and closest friends regularly since I am living away from them. I also have turned off all my notifications from everything on my mobile and only check it at a scheduled time.
“DEVELOP SELF DISCIPLINE. DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE, EVEN IF YOU DON’T WANT TO DO IT.”
I have decided to commit myself to only checking facebook once a day when I am in front of my laptop, which I only do during downtime and after work. I am committing myself to limit my time on social media and stops being distracted. Spend less time on what other people are doing. I am committing myself to really want to use my time wisely, to be productive and use my energy more on creating, reading and writing. These are not easy at all, like an addiction to a coffee but I know for sure that my future self will thank me for forcing myself to focus on what matters most.
Have you done some strategies on your social media habits too? Or maybe it doesn’t really affect your daily lives that much? I’d love to hear from them too!